After so many days wrapped in an unmanageable weave of fear, huddled under the tenebrous umbrella of isolation,

a small glint of cheer had broken through the mass of cloud, caused a blackbird to spill golden droplets of notes, buoyant poems of liberty.

But once again, a new terror stamps and punches its way across the world, more human and tangible than pandemic desolation,

and I am cowed by the inconsiderate throngs, the touching of flesh, the face to face sharing of breath, the irresponsibility

of bare bodies on beaches, picnics in parks, back-garden barbecues, and the backwash of litter in their wake. Lack of care from others,

coupled with months of lonely despair, keeps me umbilically tethered to the placenta of home, and away from the hostility

of town and city, hopeful and safe in the quiet green and shadowy embrace of grass and trees and flowers and birds and bees, Mother Nature’s

calm balm. I have had enough of needless death and the sorrowful faces of those left behind, to muster up the strength and the courage

to physically protest. Here are my words, seeped in hopes, fears and tears: a plea to share love and kindness around the world, sisters and brothers.

Kim M. Russell, 4th June 2020

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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Triplets

Frank H is our host this week with a challenge to write three-line poems or poems having mainly three-line stanzas.

He reminds us that Laura focused on tercets earlier this year while featuring Raymond Garlick’s poetry; however, this prompt focuses only on having three lines with no set rhyme words, meter or theme. We could write haiku, poems of three lines, villanelles or cantos similar to those written by Dante in the Divine Comedy. I went for all the threes: three three-line stanzas with thirty-three syllables per line.

40 thoughts on “Isolation

    1. It certainly does. I have written about fear of the pandemic,, because I have no direct experience of the violence and racism that has been happening in America. I hope you are safe and well, Linda.

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  1. Our local park is kept pretty tidy by the park wardens, but the areas where there are only council bins look an utter state. I couldn’t believe all the wrappers and bottles littering the grass the other day when the husband and I went for a walk. When it comes to litter and social distancing so many people seem to just forget that they have an impact on other people.
    Apologies for the rant. This week especially I’ve been worrying at this topic like a bear with a sore paw. Quite glad to see I’m not the only one frustrated.

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    1. Rant away, Carol, I feel the same way! Luckily, not too many people come to our village, except the ones with private boats who moor up down the road. The moorings at the back of our house are all private, although most of the owners don’t even live in the village. But they are considerate and don’t leave rubbish. I did see an empty water bottle on the football pitch recently, but that was after somebody mowed it, so it may already have been there.


    1. I spent a lot of my time on my own, reading and writing, and I hate shopping, pubs, parties, so the only hardship was not doing my volunteer work – I miss the children I worked with, and have a feeling I won’t be doing it for a long while.


      1. The scientific advice we’re getting is that children are very low risk both in terms of catching the virus and in passing it on, so you maybe needn’t be afraid for them, but you’d need to protect yourself all the same.
        I went with husband to the supermarket yesterday for the first time in three months and wore a mask for the first time. It was the reusable one distributed by the municipality and it was a real pain. Too big so it slipped about and I was forever pulling it back over my nose which rather defeats the object, and it probably wasn’t protecting me anyway. Maybe I should have asked for the child’s size….

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      2. My sister-in-law is a nurse, and she sent us some masks, but only David uses them as he does the shopping. If I do eventually go out, which I’d like to just to see a very good friend who lives in Norwich, I’ll go by car. I’ll keep a mask handy in case I need petrol.


      3. People here seem mostly to be still wearing masks outdoors all the time. Some people, mainly young people aren’t bothering. The infection rate has been very low in our region, only 9 deaths in the whole département, so although we’re still doing as we’re told, there’s no feeling that people are afraid of contact. It’s life as usual, with face masks. Slower too. That’s good.

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  2. I fear that covid will be back on the uptick as large crowds gather. I have shed my share of tears and I am sure there will be more to come. We need to listen and love one another.

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    1. There are so many of us who feel like this. Who are these irresponsible, inconsiderate buggers who disregard the rules? How can we make them see that what they do has an impact on the environment and other people who are just trying to survive? I heard today that crowds of people swarmed to a McDonald’s in Great Yarmouth, stopping traffic and causing all sorts of problems, with no regard to social distancing, just because they couldn’t wait for a burger! What did they eat while they were under lockdown? Sorry Misky, rant over!😊

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      1. Rant on, Kim. A few days ago, there were an estimated 100+ teens gathered as group on Brighton beach, drinking beer and smoking weed. When people asked them to move on, it all became very ugly and violent. I personally, haven’t been inside a supermarket since 2 March – it’s all delivery or click and collect. I’m avoiding crowds so Peder stays well and healthy (diabetes).

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  3. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting post especially in the times that we are living in. What keeps me going while being isolated is you can find happiness by being aware of your spiritual need and filling it – Matthew 5:3, 6
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